Garden Maniac

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Blight resistant tomatoes

Posted: 01/07/2016 at 08:34

I also lost all of my sungold and supersweet early on when the plants were still small with just a couple of sets of leaves. seemed to get mildew and curl up, had to get rid of them. Having said that, I've go no problem with any of the other varieties, which range from gardener's delight to 'Black Russian' beefsteak, all of which seem to be quite robust. My supersweet 100 were also the GW freebees.  

Dilemma - Corkscrew Hazel

Posted: 16/10/2014 at 14:47

I have had a corkscrew hazel growing in a pot successfully for 15 years, and in that time it's not even been re-potted; the result is that it only grows to the size of the pot but still gets catkins etc.  

However, last year I created a new border and felt sorry for it - and yes, I took it out of the pot and planted it in the border - you can probably guess the rest - HUGE!! Evidently the pot stunting it's growth did not have a permanent effect!

In answer to the original point - yes they're fine in pots, and in hindsight I would have left it there... 


identifying problem with lawn

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 22:53

Looks like dog probs, although it does look a bit extreme - try dog rocks in the drinking water, but also rather than just dosing the lawn with water too, try a feed on the faded patches - I usually find this works if it is a dog problem. I have 2 dogs and a bitch - I usually find it is the bitch that makes patches, but it can depend on the heat too as to what effect it has... 

Music in the Garden

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 22:36

I like 'Mucking about the Garden' by Leslie Sarony, a 1925 hit - very funny and always makes me think of my dad gardening when I was young!  I hum it all the time - it helps me focus!  

Grape Vine Problems...

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 22:29

I have cultivated a White Vitis Sauvignon vine for 3 years now, very successfully - this year however although the vine appears to have had buds and some leaves have appeared, they have instantly died.  I can't see any insect damage, but the vine (about 5ft tall) is bare, but still very much alive when I try to break a piece off.  What makes this all the more confusing is that there are 3 other vines in the same area and all of these are growing and thriving well... can anyone help please or has experienced the same??  

Courgette leaves covered in mold / white powdery mildew

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 22:23

Stir fries, curries and casseroles - all great for courgettes of any size and toughness - I even used some overgrown ones in the contents of a stuffed pepper this week; as long as they are well cooked they are fine!   As far as the leaf mildew is concerned - mine usually get it, whether or not you water from the bottom (I've tried all sorts of methods), and the fruits are still spot on; so nothing really to worry about...

Plant identification needed

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 22:12

Love that tropical looking display Bamboogie!  How do you overwinter it successfully? That's a look that I'm trying to go for...

Plant identification needed

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 22:10

Looks like several Cordylines together - a majestic looking plant(s)! Just think of the display that you could plant around that - a touch of the med all year long!!  Lovely! Shed relocation looks favourable! 

Talkback: Growing tomatoes outdoors

Posted: 30/05/2014 at 20:04
I never think it's worthwhile growing tomatoes outdoors - HOWEVER I do usually grow too many plants to keep then all indoors!! :) Therefore I do end up with plants in baskets etc (one of which has blight already) and plants anywhere I can sustain them. Can't say though I really notice a difference as to where they are grown in terms of productivity, but foliage and size of fruit suffers more in the outdoors - taste however, belongs to the greenhouse, I'm afraid!


Posted: 25/05/2014 at 20:47

When it has flowered, cut it back as much as you want to - mine is very forgiving!  I didn't prune it (other than soft stems) for the first 5 years of it's life - still flowers profusely though!  Lovely! 


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